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Our second-annual competition begins! Enter your top projects now for review by our third-party jury for a chance to earn one of our designKC Awards! Gather your materials—professional photos, floor plans and essays—and upload them to our NEW AND IMPROVED online portal, which now gives you the ability to save your work before submission. Find submission guidelines, categories and portal link below.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity! Deadline is November 1. Please Note- Don’t delay on your entry, based on submission intensity, we may close the portal early.

designKC magazine is hosting our second-annual awards program to recognize outstanding projects and professionals in the home design industry in Greater Kansas City. The awards process will honor projects completed since January 1, 2018 within the generalized boundaries of the metro.


Professional architects, designers, builders, remodelers, landscapers and artisans are invited to submit their work for review by our third-party jury. Materials used for the judging process and subsequent publication must be submitted in the online portal at in order to be considered. They include: 

  • company contact information
  • a written component of project description, goals, challenges and solutions. (Do not reference or include your company name/logo in the essay.)
  • floor plans and elevations, if applicable
  • up to 12 professional high-resolution images. We recommend a mix of whole-room angles and vignettes. Projects must be finished and furnished. (Do not reference or include your company name/logo in the images.)
  • before photos, if applicable
  • a photographer’s release that designKC magazine has the right to publish the images 
  • a list of resources/subcontractors affiliated with the project
  • homeowner’s permission, if applicable

-$175 entry fee per entry

Submission Categories: 

  • Custom Residence (a newly built, remodeled or redesigned home for a specific client)
    • up to 3,000 square feet of finished space
    • 3,000 to 6,000 square feet of finished space
    • 6,000 to 10,000 square feet of finished space
    • more than 10,000 square feet of finished space
  • Speculative Home (built as a model for the real estate market)
  • Interior Project (i.e. room addition, 1-3 rooms, basement, specialty room)
  • Kitchen/Bath
  • Detached Structure (i.e. barn, pool house, in-law quarters)
  • Outdoor Space or Landscape
  • Multifamily Housing (i.e. luxury apartment, condo, townhome, mixed-use project)
  • Public Place or Commercial Space (i.e. hotel, restaurant, retail)
  • Design Detail (for artisans/fabricators of woodwork, metalwork, lighting, furniture, etc.)

Judging Process:

A  wide-ranging panel of design professionals will evaluate each project for excellence in design, aesthetics, creativity and functionality under a code of ethics. Photo quality and satisfactory solutions to the project challenges outlined in the written component will also be considered. The jury reserves the right to award multiple winners in each category or no winner in a category. Entries are judged individually—not in competition with each other. Note: We do not share judges’ forms or comments. 

Winner Benefits:

Winners will have their work showcased in a standalone print edition of designKC magazine, on, and across designKC social media channels. Winners will also receive a custom award to be handed out at a ticketed awards gala on January 25, 2024, as well as an official designKC competition winner logo to use for self-promotion.